Women in Resources Morning Tea - Karratha
Thanks to 2019 WIRA Regional Sponsor, Rio Tinto and their internal I&D committees Women in Technology and Women in Rail, we are pleased to host a networking morning tea with fellow women who work in the resources industry in the Pilbara region.
This event will feature two special guest speakers including Dr Carla Boehl Technology Digital Manager, Westrac and 2019 Women in Resources Outstanding Operator/Technician/Trade woman Award winner Donna Stace, Maintenance Supervisor, Rio Tinto.
Carla is a Chartered Engineer Fellow of Engineers Australia and asset management professional with over 20 years’ experience within mining, utilities and rail industries, initially as a civil engineer, then asset management engineer and researcher and lastly Manager. She has experience as Senior Consultant with SNC-Lavalin/Atkins and as Manager Asset Management Systems with Arc Infrastructure. She worked as Senior Lecturer and Researcher at Curtin University WA School of Mines where she lectured Asset Management and Maintenance and supervised a group of PhD students in the fields of automation and innovation. She was Course Leader of Asset Management and Services Management of Mining Education Australia (MEA), a unique collaborative venture delivering over 85% of Australia’s mining engineering graduates.
Carla is Member of the Asset Management Council and Mining & Mineral Processing Committee of Engineers Australia WA. She received the Excellence in Teaching Award Honourable Mention from Curtin’s Student Guild. She currently co-supervises PhD students as University Associate. Her current interests include digital asset management, artificial intelligence, machine learning and automation.
She received engineering Awards in Australia and overseas. Her passions include training and mentoring of young professionals in Asset Management, Reliability and Data Analytics.
Donna gained her qualification as an Engineering Tradesperson - Mechanical in February 1998. She knew from the age of 14 that she wanted to be part of a mechanical trade, eventually settling on Fitting & Machining. She has taken her trade from the Pilbara to construction in Collie, to building services in London and sprinkler pipe fitting in Dublin, being the only female tradesperson on each of those jobs.
Donna shows great leadership, managing a series of teams through significant changes both with people and machinery, most significantly with Rio Tinto completing a $55 million-dollar automated workshop upgrade.
Having become the Northwest Ambassador for TradeUP Australia, Donna focused on her mentoring by starting an informal networking group of female Trades and Engineers at Railways Division. This group has now expanded to the newly launched Women in Rail Network. Meeting quarterly to support and drive change within Rail with a direct link to the GM team at Rio Tinto.
Outside of work, after volunteering in the City of Karratha for approximately 20 years, Donna was awarded the 2015 City of Karratha Citizen of the year.